That's why I was thrilled when my 14 year old daughter suggested that every month a different child would have a special night with Mommy all to themselves. The child chooses (within reason) an activity or two they would enjoy and then a restaurant (kid's choice) where we can eat together and actually have a real live conversation. Without any interruptions! Or siblings competing for my attention.
My husband is happy to stay at home with all the other kids so the designated child can have some special one on one time with me.
Last month, MaddieLynn chose a trip to the candy store, then the pet store, and a delicious Italian dinner.
This month, it was my 12 year old son's turn. He settled on going to the movie theater to see Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.
Here we are getting ready to leave for our fun evening.
While we waited for the show to start, he challenged me to a round of shoot 'em up safari.
We shared some popcorn and after the show we had a hankerin' for some burgers. Since there weren't any falling from the sky, we headed for Wendy's and had them with some chocolate Frosties.
We had a wonderful time together, and I'm already looking forward to giving individual attention to my 9 year old, who is next in line.
I believe she is looking forward to it, too. She has had the whole thing all planned out for several weeks.